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Almond Sponge Roll Recipe & Video

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When a Sponge Cake is baked in a sheet pan and then rolled around a filling, it is called a Roulade (for the French), a Jelly Roll (for the Americans), and a Swiss Roll (for the English). No matter what you call this type of cake, its pretty pinwheel design, its delicious flavor, and its soft, melt-in-your-mouth texture, make it a favorite. I love this cake's subtle almond flavor which goes beautifully with raspberry flavored whipped cream. While a dusting of powdered sugar is all the garnish this cake really needs, it is so pretty when decorated with swirls of whipped cream and shaved almonds.

This Almond Sponge Roll recipe is almost the same as this Sponge Cake recipe, only it contains ground almonds. Now, Sponge Cakes are light and airy cakes made without a solid fat and contain more eggs and less flour than butter cakes. The leavening comes from the air whipped into the eggs. You will notice that this recipe uses a combination of cake flour and ground almonds, which gives the sponge cake a subtle almond flavor. The egg yolks and egg whites are beaten separately and this method produces a flexible sponge cake that doesn't crack when rolled. As soon as the sponge comes out of the oven it is rolled up and left to cool. This sets the shape of the roll and also helps to prevent cracking. Once the sponge cake has cooled it is unrolled, and a raspberry whipped cream is spread over the cake, and it is rolled up again. The assembled cake can be eaten right away, but I find it best if the cake is refrigerated for a few hours, or even overnight, which sets the cake yet softens the sponge, which gives it that wonderful melt-in-your-mouth texture.
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Almond Sponge Roll: Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Butter, or spray with a non-stick vegetable spray, a 17 x 12 inch (43 x 30 cm) baking sheet. Then line the pan with parchment paper, and butter and flour the parchment paper (or spray with a vegetable/flour spray).

Whisk or sift together the cake flour, ground almonds, and salt.

Next, place the whole eggs and egg yolks in the bowl of your electric stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment (or with a hand mixer). Add 1/2 cup (100 grams) of the granulated white sugar and the vanilla extract and beat, on high speed, until pale, thick, and fluffy (about 5 minutes). (When you slowly raise the beaters the batter will fall back into the bowl in slow ribbon.) Sift half the almond/flour mixture over the egg mixture and gently fold in with a rubber spatula. Sift the remaining almond/flour mixture over the batter and fold in.

In a clean bowl of your electric stand mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment (or with a hand mixer), beat the egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Gradually add the remaining one tablespoon (15 grams) of granulated white sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. With a rubber spatula, gently fold a little of the whites into the batter to lighten it, and then fold in the rest. Evenly pour the batter into the pan, smoothing the top with an offset spatula or the back of a spoon. Bake for about 6 to 7 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

Immediately upon removing the cake from the oven, invert the cake onto a clean towel sprinkled with confectioners (powdered) sugar. Carefully remove the parchment paper, sprinkle the cake lightly with powdered sugar, and roll up the sponge, with the towel, while it is still hot and pliable. This step will help prevent the cake from cracking. Place on a wire rack to cool to room temperature. (If the parchment paper sticks to the cake, lightly brush the back of the paper with a little warm water, allow to stand for a few moments, then peel the paper from the cake.)

Raspberry Whipped Cream: In a bowl of your electric stand mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment (or with a hand mixer), beat the cream and sugar until soft peaks form. Add the jam and beat just until stiff peaks form. Remove about 1 cup of the cream to be used to decorate the cake. Then unroll the sponge, spread with the remaining cream, and reroll. Place the extra whipped cream in a piping bag, fitted with a star tip (I used an Ateco #825) and pipe decorative curls on the top of the sponge cake. Can sprinkle the cream with shaved almonds and/or fresh raspberries. Transfer to a serving platter, cover, and chill in the fridge for a few hours. The cake can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.

Makes about 6 - 8 servings.

Almond Sponge Roll:

3 tablespoons (27 grams) cake flour

1/3 cup (35 grams) ground almonds

1/4 teaspoon (1 gram) salt

2 large eggs (100 grams), at room temperature

3 large egg yolks (54 grams), at room temperature

2 large egg whites (60 grams), at room temperature

1/2 cup (100 grams) plus 1 tablespoon (15 grams) granulated white sugar

1 teaspoon (4 grams) pure vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon (1 gram) cream of tartar

Raspberry Whipped Cream:

1 1/3 cups (320 ml/grams) cold heavy whipping cream (35-40% butterfat content)

2 tablespoons (25 grams) granulated white sugar, or to taste

1/4 cup (100 grams) raspberry jam (preserves), or to taste

Shaved Almonds and/or Fresh Raspberries

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